K-State earns 9-seed in NCAA Tournament; opens with Creighton Friday

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Kansas State guard Barry Brown (5) and forward Xavier Sneed (20) celebrate during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Texas. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

Kansas State was picked as an at-large selection in the NCAA Tournament for the second straight year Sunday evening when the Wildcats were revealed as a 9-seed in the South Region.

K-State (22-11) will face 8-seed Creighton, and former Wildcat guard Marcus Foster, in a first round game on Friday in Charlotte, NC. If K-State advances, it would almost surely face 1-seed Virginia in the second round.

Game times and TV listings had not been released as of 6:30 Sunday.

The Wildcats beat Wake Forest as part of last season’s “First Four” in Dayton, Ohio before losing to 6-seed Cincinnati.

This year, a 4th-place finish in the nation’s top RPI conference was important as K-State’s resume lacked top tier wins. On the flip side, there were no significantly damaging losses for Bruce Weber’s team either.

It is the program’s 30th NCAA Tournament appearance all-time.

Weber said Dean Wade and Barry Brown should be ready to play after each were injured during the Big 12 tournament.

Creighton (21-11) finished in fourth place in the Big East Conference and boasts one of the country’s best offenses, averaging 84 points per game.

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